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Three Years After Haiti Earthquake, Workers Still Need Decent Jobs

Recipients of donation-funded tuition take part in a ceremony at AUMOHD, a Solidarity Center partner. Congress of Haitian Workers photo

Three years after the disastrous earthquake struck Haiti, workers and their families continue to struggle as the cost of living keeps rising while wages—for those who have jobs—remain the same. Informal discussions by the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center staff with Haitian export-processing workers this month indicate that in the past year, the cost of food and education has increased between 20% and 25%, while rent and transportation have risen between 15% and 20%.

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Can't Miss Work Even if You Have the Flu? You're Not Alone

Can't Miss Work Even if You Have the Flu? You're Not Alone

Chances are everyone around you is sick. Not a pleasant thought, but recent reports show the flu season is one of the worst we've seen in a decade. Check out this Google map to see your risk factors for catching the flu in your state. 

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It’s Greed, Pure and Simple

Berry Craig, recording secretary for the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council and a professor of history at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is a former daily newspaper and Associated Press columnist and currently a member of AFT Local 1360. Craig sends us this.

Showing solidarity with our union brothers and sisters is a great way for us to ring in the New Year, says Jim Key, vice president at large of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 550 in Paducah, Ky. Key, also his local's legislative and political chairman, is asking union members and union supporters nationwide to take a minute to put their John Hancock on a White House cyber-petition against corporations that file for bankruptcy “to circumvent their liabilities for workers' pensions and post-retirement health care benefits.” (Click here to sign the petition.)

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What’s Next in the 'Fiscal Cliff' Debate?

Photo courtesy of Art Strike.

It’s back! Just when you thought you might never hear the words “fiscal cliff” again, the sequel to this horror movie is about to be released. Look for it in your local theater, radio, TV and website—non-stop, 24/7—beginning sometime in February.

Yes, those irrepressible Republicans in Congress have cooked up yet another manufactured crisis and are once again holding the U.S. economy hostage. This time they are threatening to cause a U.S. government default unless they get their way. You know—the same stunt they pulled last summer. And what are congressional Republicans demanding as ransom to spare the economy? The same things they were demanding last time we went through this ordeal: benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.

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SPEEA, Boeing Resume Talks While Workers Mount Day of Action

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As thousands of engineers and technical workers at Boeing Co. plants in the Pacific Northwest took part in a “Day of Action,” negotiations between Boeing and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA)/IFPTE Local 2001 resumed Wednesday in Seattle and continue today. In the fall, the workers overwhelmingly (15,092 to 608) rejected an initial contract offer.

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Sacramento Says 'No' to Privatizing Airport Screeners

Sacramento Says 'No' to Privatizing Airport Screeners

Saying there is no evidence that replacing the trained airport screeners of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with a private, for-profit corporate workforce would be safer or more efficient, the Sacramento (Calif.) County Board of Supervisors withdrew on Wednesday its request from last year to contract out its screener security operations.

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'Fix the Debt' Is a Front Group for CEOs Who Don't Want to Pay Their Taxes

Fix the Debt: Watching out for CEOs, not you.

We've reported for several months now the "Fix the Debt" group is a Trojan horse. It cynically calls for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits (in the name of "deficit reduction") while advocating for lower taxes for corporations and businesses that ship jobs overseas. 

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AFL-CIO Collecting Stories from Immigrant Workers

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The AFL-CIO is collecting stories of immigrant workers who seek to exercise their labor and employment rights and received threats from employers to report them to local law or immigration enforcement.

If you want to share your story, please contact Ana Avendano at [email protected] 

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Who Doesn’t Want to ‘Fix the Senate'? Lobbyists

Who Doesn’t Want to ‘Fix the Senate'? Lobbyists

Some of the most vocal opponents of the move to change U.S. Senate rules, including a proposal to help unblock Senate gridlock by ending the “silent filibuster” and actually forcing filibustering senators to take to the floor and talk if they want to block legislation, are lobbyists who profit from Senate dysfunction.

The Nation’s Lee Fang outlines how Republican-led filibusters and “silent holds” on nominations have resulted in some Big Business windfalls for corporations that just happened to be large contributors to the senators’ campaigns.

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